Currently Reading: To Say Nothing of the Dog

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

493 pages, Published 1998 by Bantam Books

 

GoodReads Synopsis: 

Connie Willis’ Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat.

When too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned’s holiday anything but restful – to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

Delightfully aided by the perfect comedic timing of narrator Steven Crossley, To Say Nothing of the Dog shows once again why Connie Willis is one of the most talented writers working today.

 

“The reason Victorian society was so restricted and repressed was that it was impossible to move without knocking something over.”

 

“‘Slowness in answering she said into the handheld. ‘When’s the last time you slept?’ ‘1940’ I said promptly, which is the problem with Quickness in answering.”

 

“One of the first symptoms of time-lag is a tendency to maudlin sentimentality, like an Irishman in his cups or a Victorian poet cold-sober.”

 

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